The NFL has released the schedules for its Thanksgiving and Christmas games. You can check out each team’s schedule to see what you can expect from them. Here are the teams that the Cowboys and Lions will be facing over the holiday period. The Lions are hosting the Payments and the Cowboys will be facing off against their division rivals the Giants. The Cowboys will also be facing off against the Vikings, with Kirk Cousins in the quarterback role.
The Dallas Cowboys have played every Thanksgiving game since 1966, excluding two years when they didn’t play. In 1975 and 1977, the Cowboys lost to the Raiders, which was a way for the NFL to increase their national profile. However, in 1978, the Cowboys returned to their traditional Thanksgiving game slot. With that record, the Cowboys are 31-2-1 during Thanksgiving. The Cowboys will also play the Lions for the first time since 1978.
The Lions’ schedule has a decent chance to be favorable for Dallas. While the Lions aren’t as talented as the Giants, they’re still in the playoff hunt, so winning three of the four games could put the team in playoff position. Dallas is 9-1 against their NFC East rivals. Dak Prescott, meanwhile, missed the 2020 season due to injury, but returned in 2021 and threw for 4,449 yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Cowboys finished first in the division that year.